All Moran Students’ Union (AMSU) demands PRC for Moran community people
TINSUKIA: The All Moran Students’ Union (AMSU) has lambasted the Government of Arunachal Pradesh for its alleged lackadaisical attitude to grant Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC) to Moran community people living in the border areas of Assam-Arunachal Pradesh for ages. The AMSU has threatened to launch vigorous stir if the Arunachal Pradesh government continues to show step-motherly approach to Moran people.
Naba Moran, general secretary, categorically stated that the Moran people would be compelled to determine their land boundaries if their demand to grant PRC was not fulfilled by the Arunachal Pradesh government soon. Moran clarified that those four indigenous communities of Assam, primarily Deori, Sonowal Kachari, Moran and Mising, were inhabitants of erstwhile Lakhimpur Frontier Track which was governed by Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873. The present Changlang and Namsai districts carved out of Tirap and Lohit districts were part of Lakhimpur Frontier Track after Lakhimpur district of Assam was divided into two tracks in 1914. Naba Moran stated that the present geographical boundaries could not deprive the legitimate right of original homeland. The Arunachal government must accord PRC status to all Assam-based ethic people, Moran asserted.
In February 2019, Arunachal Pradesh witnessed violent protest over recommendation of the Joint High Power Committee to grant PRC to non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribes of Namsai and Changlang district, following which the government decided not to act on the recommendation.